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Handling and Storage of Oilseeds, Oils, Fats and Meal.

Handling and Storage of Oilseeds, Oils, Fats and Meal

Here is a book that examines the whole subject of oilseed processing and fat production. Throughout the world losses during harvesting and storage add up to large tonnages. Such losses have been estimated at between 20 and 40 percent of the potential harvest. The next problem is that of looking after the harvested product. In the case of oils, the condition of the seeds or fruits from which they are obtained markedly affects final quality. Even with marine oils, heat, damp and dirt can cause great damage to quality.

The author has had many years experience of such problems and he discusses how each crop can be damaged and how to avoid such damage, or at least how to keep it to a minimum. Advances in analytical techniques have ensured a better understanding of the ways in which fats and oils deteriorate. Standards and qualities for seeds are continuously being assessed, and objective criteria have been developed. This has ensured that the trade in oils can be carried out more satisfactorily. International standards are constantly developing as governments insist on a certain measure of protection of integrity of major exports.

The nine chapters carry fully explanatory titles as follows: Safeguarding quality and yield; Quality standards for oils, fats, seeds and meal; Storage of oils, fats, seeds and meal; Transport; Trading and test; Quality control; Conditions for the process cycle; Safety, security and the prevention of error; and a Glossary of chemical and commercial terms with additional notes. This well rounded text examines the chemistry of oils, their various physical attributes, how they should be handled, how they are tested and how trade is conducted. Although it is often seen to be in just a few hands as far as processing is concerned, this is a big industry and the tonnages involved are enormous.
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Date:Sep 1, 1989
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